A guide on how to use your mobile phone overseas

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How to use your mobile phone overseas

Travelling abroad is an exciting adventure, but using your mobile phone overseas requires some careful consideration to avoid unexpected charges and inconveniences. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here are some essential do's and don'ts to keep in mind.

Do's for using your mobile overseas

1. Check with your carrier

Before your trip, contact your mobile carrier to understand their international roaming plans and options. They can guide you on the best plan for your needs, which might include data, texting, and calling packages.

At Everyday Mobile from Woolworths, we have a number of packs available to purchase. Visit our International Roaming page for more information or chat with Mandy (our virtual assistant) or one of our friendly team for help via our Contact Us page.

2. Enable Wi-Fi calling

Whenever possible, connect to Wi-Fi networks to make calls and send messages. This helps you avoid international roaming charges and ensures a more stable connection.

3. Purchase a local travel SIM card

If you're staying in a foreign country for an extended period, consider buying a local SIM card. This can offer better rates for local calls, texts, and data.

4. Download offline maps

Use apps like Google Maps to download maps for offline use. This way, you can navigate even without an active data connection.

5. Use messaging apps

Utilise messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber, or Signal to stay in touch with family and friends. These apps use data or Wi-Fi instead of traditional SMS.

Dont’s when using your mobile overseas

1. Avoid roaming data

Roaming data can lead to hefty charges. Disable data roaming on your phone to prevent automatic updates and background data usage.

2. Don't ignore plane mode

When not using your phone, switch to plane mode. This turns off all wireless connections and saves battery life.

3. Skip international plans

Ignoring your carrier's international plans can result in excessive charges. Purchase a suitable plan or package to avoid unexpected fees.

See what international packs are available through Everyday Mobile from Woolworths at International Roaming.

4. Refrain from overusing streaming

Streaming videos and music consume a lot of data. Try to limit your streaming or use Wi-Fi for such activities.

5. Don't forget about time zones

Make sure your phone's time zone is correctly set to your current location. This avoids confusion when coordinating with people back home.

Bonus tips for using your mobile overseas

1. Backup your data

Backup your phone's data before leaving. In case your device is lost or stolen, you'll still have access to your important information.

2. Protect your phone

Invest in a good quality travel case to keep your phone safe from accidental damage while exploring new places.

3. Use Power Banks

Keep a power bank handy to recharge your phone on the go, especially during long days of sightseeing. You can purchase a power bank from most department stores and major electrical retailers like Big W.

4. Know emergency numbers

Familiarise yourself with local emergency numbers and services in the country you're visiting and store these numbers in your phone.

By following these do's and don'ts, you can make the most of your mobile phone while travelling abroad without encountering unexpected charges or technical issues each and everyday. Stay connected and informed while enjoying your international adventures!

FAQs about travelling overseas with a mobile phone

How do I use my phone overseas?

When using your phone overseas, you have a couple of options. You can either:
1. Buy a local travel SIM card at your destination, which often offers cost-effective local rates, or
2. Purchase International Roaming packs with your home provider for temporary connectivity while overseas. For more information about Everyday Mobile from Woolworths packs visit our International Roaming page.

Do I get charged roaming when using Wi-Fi overseas?

No, using Wi-Fi overseas typically does not incur roaming charges from your mobile carrier. Wi-Fi connections operate independently of cellular networks, allowing you to access the internet without using mobile data.

Can I use my phone overseas without roaming?

Yes, you can use your phone overseas without roaming by relying on Wi-Fi networks. Connect to available Wi-Fi hotspots for internet access, use messaging apps, make Wi-Fi calls and utilise other internet-based services.

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